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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder February :~. |9~b We applaud the Boardl We commend the Gilmer County Board of Education on its decision last Tuesday afternoon to rehire Ronald Welty as school superintendent. The Board, in reconsidering Welty's request for a salary increase and in negotiating a raise that was acceptable to all parties, has rendered the taxpayers of the county and particularly the school children a real public service. We felt strongly that the Board had acted unwisely in their split decision not to rehire Welty in their regular meeting held Monday night of last week. And we said so. Unfortunately, the action taken at the special meeting of the Board on Tuesday afternoon became known after our press deadline. We were delighted with the news, even though there was no way we could publish it in last week's paper or amend our editorial stance. We take this opportunity now to publicly applaud the Board for their action and look forward tq continued improvement in our school situation here in Gilmer County under their guidance and leadership. ~ar Editor: ~ We, the members of the Senior Class, are writing this letter in response to hat we considered to be misinformation that the Board of Regents put forth to public concerning our grading system in early December, 1975. We feel that hmr comments regarding Dr. Carter's letter have been damaging to the eputat/on of medical students at West Virginia University. Dr. Carter's letter eflected his personal opinions and as such he was not acting as a spokesman for West Virginia University, School of Medicine. We feel that the comments of Board of Regents should have been directed at him rather than at the School Medicine. In defense, we would like to make the following points. 1. Our grading system is a S/U system with narrative comments. We are lasted per course by departmental exams and nationalized tests. These tests are bumerically graded. 2. Class members who have not performed satisfactorily in a course have been required to repeat the course at their expense or to do to meet the requirements of competence in a particular area of [!~ ~ 3. Seventy-one of seventy eight students have passed Part I of the National oards at the end of the second year. (This is a test of proficiency in the Basic ~edical Sciences. It is not required and is designed to have a lO/o failure rate tionwide.} !;, 4. Eighty, three of eighty-three students passed Part II of the National Board. test established clinical competence and is designed to be taken at the end of ~e 4th year. The students at West Virginia University are required to take the (eat near the end of the third year. We feel that the Board of Regents' comments were a misrepresentation of cts vs. opinions of Dr. Carter and may be damaging to medical graduates of this stitution. Sincerely. Nick Cassis. Jr. President Friday - February 6 at 7 p.m. WVFDW meeting at Town Hall, Glenville. Sunday - February 8 from 4-7 p.m. The order of Rainbow" for Girls Assembly #50 will hold a Bean Dinner at the High School Cafeteria. All you can eati! Public invited! Monday - Feb. 9, the Troy Elementary PTA will hold a meeting to discuss new math books. Everyone is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. SENIOR CITIZENS: Feb. 10 - Board Metin8 at 7' p.m.. Feb. 12 - Bingo at 7 p.m., Feb. 13 - Ham Dinner from 4-8, p.m., Feb. 26 - Election of Officers and Covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. Friday - February 13 from 4-8 p.m. Bicentennial Birthday Dinner, Gllmor County Senior Citizens Cente~r'in Gienville. Bookmobile Schedule: Main Street, Glenville : Wednesday. Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 19 from 11-3 p.m. Normantown Grade School: Feb. 18, Wedm.=sday from 1-3 p.m. Published Every Thur sday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLI SHING, INC. At 109 E. $1:. Glenville, WV 263lil Phone 462-7"309 Second-Class postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing cdfices Subscription price $5.50 tax included in (3elmer County; other West Virginia residents $6.00 tax incUtaJed. Out of state subscriptions $7.00. Cannot accept s, ubscriptions for less than 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st. 1976.) TOM DALESIO ! JOAN LAYNE EDITOR CIRCULATION MANAGER e e I by Tom Dalesio Over the past few weeks, news releases have hit various oaDers around the state concerning the amount of money West Virginia spends on each child in the public school system. Reports stated that although West Virginia has bean increasing its financial support to the elementary and secondary schools. the amount of money spent on each child has caused the state to drop in rank in comparison to other states. State Superintendent of Schools. Daniel B. Taylor, told a tIouse Finance tlearing of the State Legislature on Janaury 26 in Charleston that West Virginia "has fallen from 38th to 43rd in per pupil expenditure among the 50 states in spite of increases in state funds to public education in the state." In spite of his previous statement Dr. Taylor said, "The schools are still making enormous strides in improving opportunities for the children in the public schools." West Virginia's average ex- penditure per pupil in 1975. including state and local money, was$942 while the national average was almost $1,256 per pupil. That makes our expenditures $314 less than the national average. Dr. Taylor said if West Virginia were to invest in each child's education an amount equal to that invested on the national average, "we would have to spend approxi- mately $121 million more this year than we are presently spending." With that in mind, the Sate Board of Education requested for increased funds, but "'a little more than $85 million, and not $121 million" was requested. Since 1970, when West Virginia was ranked 38th nationally in the amount invested in education, our state has dropped to 43rd. Reports do not indicate what is used to determine ranking. Many would agree that education is one of the most important processes in our country. More legislation is needed on both the national as well as local level to insure quality education for citizens. Our state must always strive for better educational goals. The State Board of Education stated some weeks ago that extensive reading programs are a major goal since it was found that many of our citizens cannot read and comprehend. Also, spelling, word usage and basic math are problems that teachers have noticed in our school children. The knowledge of basic educational subjects is needed to join the job market. Five years ago it would have taken about $50 million to bring West Virginia to the national average; today it takes $121 million. In 1970, the average state was spending $133 per pupil more than West Virginia was spending. Dr. Taylor explains that "While large sums have been appropriated in West Virginia during the past several years, we are falling further behind the rest of the states in our investment in elementary and secondary education." The $85 million requested increase in public educa- tion, represents a 32.1 percent increase over the current year's appropriation and is not out of line in comparison with what other agencies of government have requested, Dr. Taylor noted that "the health department requested an increase of 32 percent: the treasurer. 33 percent; the secretary of state, 37 percent: commerce. 134 percent; natural resources, 137 percent; mental health, 149 percent; and public institutions, 150 percent." Certainly, education is equal in importance to some requests, if not more important than others. More money is needed to insure quality education in this state. Progress in education is needed so that state progress can continue. "My point," Dr. Taylor explained, "is not because others request more, than education should request more. but I simply want to attempt to put the amounts of requested increases into perspective with our 32.1 percent request increase." Dr. Taylor noted that while the state has been spending significantly increased amounts for elementary, secondary and vocational education. "inflation and rising costs have eroded much of the gain. Just to keep even with the pace of inflation, it would require that more than $42 million be made available from all the funding sources, federal, state and local for the year beginning July I." The tremendous strides in education he mentioned to the House Financing Hearing included the statewide kindergarten program, which in the past five years has given more than 100,000 better chance in major building program changing the face of schools all over the state; in special education 24,261 students today as 3.388 children in 1970 vocational programs doubled in enrollments beginning, lie also pupil-teacher ratios lowered dramatically "At the elementary have gone from 26.5 teacher to 21.3 to I; an percent reduction in Elementary classes are smaller than they were five I feel certain that no other come close to that record! secondary level, in going to 20.5 to 1, we have an reduction in class size, provided additional rians and other Dr. Taylor also stated college board scores are across the country, high school seniors continue above the national Many of our tional facilities have crowded and have turned ing buildings in our Regardless of the ratio, an over-crowded provide the quality our children need. programs and hurt the education 1: like "It was good enough are cop-outs and ways important educational A continuation of improvement in our state facilities, whether condary or state learning, must always be a met by government. key to understanding ment. Quality education prime objective for Virginia. Being ranked doesn't necessitate quality if the children are not implementation of provement programs is important. Rep. Ken Hechler. D-W. Va.. shall decide later this week whether or not to file for the Democratic nomination for Governor. "West Virginian's deserve a campaign which clearly defines and debates issues which concern every citizen. The crop of announced candidates have ducked and dedged on most issues, and have devoted their time to ha ad-shaking and 'lining-up' support from special interest groups and political machines. The indepen- dently-minded voters of West Virginia are thirsting for leadership on the human issues like land-ownership and housing in the coal fields, protection of rugged natural resources, like the New River and Shaver's Fork, and an end to the cozy corporate-political relation- ship which has its source in campaign contributions. The big spending candidates seem determined to carry on a tradition which has led to corrupt politics and administration. "I appeal to all citizens of West Virginia to let me know by Friday, February 6. {my mother's 96th birthday} whether they want her son to file for Governor. The head of the elections division of the Secretary of State's Office has written to assure me that West Virginia law allows a candidate to file for both the U.S. House of Representatives and Gover- nor. Like good friend. Senator Byrd. who has Filed for both the Senate and Presidency. I would be filing for both offices if I reach an affirmative decision. In addition to the issues mentioned above. I appeal to all West Virginiaus to write and let me know the other issues they feel must be brought out in the gubernatorial race." lap 6ammg kakls t}n Friday, lanuary 30. the t;ilmer County members of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma held their annual dinner at the home of Mrs. Bessie B. Scott. Mrs. S(:.I! and Miss P~mrl Pickens are fcwnu;r [)ella Kappa {;emma mem t)~ ~rs. The next regularly scheduled :m:elm~ will lake pla(:e at (;le.nviile Sla h: (;olh;~e Piont.~r Center on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. ltelen Kiser. a sister to Nicholas Murin of Glenville will be the guest speaker. Mrs. Kiser is President of Alpha Phi State. Attending the dinner were Pare Brown, Mary Ellen Kennedy. Lesteile Murphy, Karen Fredin. Bessie B. Scott. Mary l~:rrv, luanita Mcl)ougal. Annabclh: Gillespie. Genevieve Mc- Dunkd, Annette Bame and Pearl l)ickens. Walter J. Hausen. Cha;rman of the West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children. announces the Cauncil will hold" a meeting at the Ramada Inn south of Morgantown at the intersection of SIR 119 and US 48 on Wednesday. ~veryone who pays Federal income tax this year has at least one tax break coming, and it doesn't matter whether the taxpayer files a long Forfla 1040, or a short form 1040A. or how much the taxpayer earns. The break is the personal exemption tax credit. Effective for only 1975. the credit amounts to $30 for each regular exemption to which the taxpayer is entitled. However. individuals who claim additional exemptions because they are blind or are 65 years old or over. may only claim one $30 credit for themselves. How does the credit work? Take a family with three children, for instance. Mr. and Mrs. Brown. They file a ioint return. When completing their return, the Browns will count two exemptions for themselves, and one for each of their children, for a total of five exemptions. They will multiply the $30 credit per exemption by five to come up with the $150 total credit that they'll write on the ~ont of their tax return and subtract from their tax. The new credit does not aH,,:t the $750 allowed h,r each exemphon when figuring laxable incame. For example. the tlr.v, ns will still multiply the $750 hv fitt: aml sublram~ $3.7.50 from their ill( tt|l|(~. pt'F'~t||;ll (.~Nl,ql||l|iOl| |ii~., I's,t|;.f **l: f!|t* IIl~lrllt tlllllS fill' !N*~; '!-,, :~1 ;llltl IIH41A h|x " k ~,.','-~ February 11. 1976. and the public counties within RESA VII have been RESA VII Barbour, Doddridge, Marion. Monongalia, dolph. Taylor. The meeting sessions. The 9:00 a.m. public schools. RESA VII staff only to this session. The second 1:30 p:m. at the Council" will meet public, volunteer_ agencies interested handicapped chfldr~' @O$~O@eoOd 4) 0 e 0 0 If you are covered by a you maY be 500 . to $1, a your own 011 a tax Call 01" office: ~ politl~ e Metro ;oOood~